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Examples: City, County & Special District Models
Youth-Civic Engagement and Work-Based Learning Examples, Descriptions, Key Resources and Links

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This toolkit is designed to help you start your own unique youth-civic engagement program that fits your community’s needs. The timing, duration and intensity of Governments Engaging Youth (GEY) programs depend on your organization’s capacity, and what works best for your community. GEY can be a one-day field trip to the municipal entity, a six-week summer program, school-day/classroom-based action civics projects, public service high school career academy experience or civic engagement in an after-school program format.

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Special Districts Preparing the Next Generation of Local Leaders

Special Districts Preparing the Next Generation of Local Leaders
Utilities, Ports and Conservation Districts Share Impact with CSDA

Three California special districts share their experiences of preparing young people for civic life and careers in this special webinar recorded for the California Special Districts Association.

Highlights

Agency staff and school partners work together so that youth have the opportunity to: 

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Elk Grove

Elk Grove
Summer at City Hall

Since 2015, the City of Elk Grove and Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) have partnered to implement Summer at City Hall (SACH), a two-week summer program engaging 20-25 high school students in civic education, job shadowing, and educational presentations from community leaders.

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Ventura County Civic Alliance (Oxnard)

Ventura County Civic Alliance (Oxnard)
Civics Education & Work-Based Learning Experience

Oxnard began its Summer at City Hall experience in 2016 to build upon the City Council’s March 2015 resolution declaring itself a Linked Learning City. The city partnered with the Oxnard Unified High School District and the Ventura County Civic Alliance.Oxnard SACH Logo

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Moreno Valley

Moreno Valley
Summer at City Hall

Moreno Valley served 14 youth in its inaugural year of its Summer at City Hall program through a partnership between the city and local school district. Youth learned about active citizenship (voting, volunteering, advocating, leading) during the six-week experience featuring program speakers, tours, class time discussion with peers and internships with city staff.

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Yolo County
Human Resource Department Leads Youth in Career Exploration

The Yolo County Human Resources Office facilitated the High School Summer Intern Program for five years beginning in June 2008.  The High School Summer Intern Program was an eight week program open to Yolo County high school students ages 15 to 19.  Students volunteered a minimum of five (5) hours per week in a department assignment that matched their future career and college goals.  Students also attended weekly activities that were designed to introduce students to county government, the services it provides, and the benefits of public sector employment.  Students rec

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Yuba City

Yuba City
Summer at City Hall

Group Photo of Yuba City Teens Partcipating in Summer at City Hall

The City of Yuba City first organized Summer at City Hall for local teens in 2016. In the two summers the program has taken place, 30 youth have participated. The three-week experience is done through an innovative partnership with the City of Yuba City, the Yuba City Unified School District, Sutter County Superintendent of Schools and Northern California STREAM Pathways Consortium Grant Funds.

During the Summer at City Hall experience, youth learn about active citizenship (voting, volunteering, advocating, leading) and participate in tours, hear from guest speakers, enjoy class time discussion with peers and engage with city staff.

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Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Work-Based Learning Experience in a Public Agency

Sacramento Municipal Utility District provides an array of opportunities for high school youth to learn about careers and explore the special district’s operations.

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Oakland Public Works Department
High School Internship Program

The city of Oakland’s engineering intern program is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in a working engineering environment, as well as learn how to work cooperatively with others on a team and in a professional work setting. 

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Sacramento County District Attorney Youth Academy
Youth Actively Learn About Criminal Justice

The Office of the Sacramento County District Attorney hosts a youth academy annually for youth in Sacramento. The academy is done in partnership with additional law enforcement partners, including the:

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Additional California Program Examples
Programs & Organizations Dedicated to Civic Education/Engagement

This section provides information about different organizations, programs and curriculum used in increasing California youth civic education and engagement experiences.

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